Wednesday within the Octave of Easter
Acts of the Apostles 3:1-10, Psalm 105:1-2, 3-4, 6-9, & Luke 24:13-35
In today’s first reading from Acts, I am moved by the noticeable change in the apostle Peter due to his encounter with the man who was begging for alms. It seems Peter has gone from brash and clumsy to humble and caring. Peter did not pass by the lame man begging for alms, even though he could not give the man the coins he was seeking. He was entirely present for the man and gave him something far more valuable than a few coins. I was touched not so much at the gift but rather by Peter’s humility and concern for another human being.
Luke’s Gospel narrative is the powerful story of the two men not recognizing Jesus on the road to Emmaus after His resurrection. Can you see yourself in one of these two men walking with our Lord? Do you recognize Him? They were devastated by the events of the last week, and they do not see the Lord in their midst. What storms are we facing today that seem so large that we don’t have the urge to stop and call upon the Lord? If we would refocus our attention, might we see His outstretched hand, reaching our, ready to be present for us at this moment? Our sufferings have a way of consuming us. When we can’t figure out what we can do next, only then do we call upon the Lord.
My suggestion is to remember these two souls on the way to Emmaus the next time we find ourselves in an impossible situation. There is our Lord walking right next to us—All it takes is trust on our part. There is no need to be gloomy over our situations. After all, how did Peter become the man we see in today’s first reading? The man with humility and concern for others. Peter’s life prior to this point showed many faults and yet the Lord, knowing his potential to be a good leader, continued guiding and teaching him. The Lord knows our potential as well. He will never abandon us. In one sense, the sooner we put our trust in the Lord, the quicker we’ll make it through the next storm.
Question of the Day: Will you help the poor and disadvantaged by living a life of humility and charity?
Prayer: “Come, you blessed of my Father; receive the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world, alleluia.” (Matthew 25:34)